The Epigrams of Philodemos: Introduction, Text, and Commentary

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDavid SiderAs told byPhilodemus

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This edition collects all the epigrams attributed to Epicurean philosopher and poet Philodemos of Gadara (ca. 110-40 BC). In editing these epigrams, Sider has reexamined several manuscripts of the Greek Anthology. Thirty-eight epigrams (three only doubtfully Philodemean, and two spurious) areprinted in the original Greek and in English translation, with full critical apparatus and commentary. Sider also includes the text of a recently edited papyrus containing fragments of many known and newly discovered epigrams by Philodemos. In addition to the usual issues involved in editing aClassical poet--i.e. the poet's life, his use of meter, the epigrammatic tradition, and the place of the epigrams in the Greek Anthology--Sider's introduction considers the relationship between Philodemos' philosophy and poetry. He explains how the epigrams fit into the literary views expressed inPhilodemos' On Poems and how they clashed with the Epicurean stance against the writing of poetry.

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This edition collects all the epigrams attributed to Epicurean philosopher and poet Philodemos of Gadara (ca. 110-40 BC). In editing these epigrams, Sider has reexamined several manuscripts of the Greek Anthology. Thirty-eight epigrams (three only doubtfully Philodemean, and two spurious) areprinted in the original Greek and in English...

David Sider is at Fordham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195099826

ISBN - 13:9780195099829

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"Sider has produced an admirable edition and commentary, and one that is likely to remain the standard text of Philodemus' epigrams for many decades....among its virtues is a clear and attractive prose style....[Those who] read it from cover to cover will remain engaged."--Bryn Mawr ClassicalReview